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Dine Bizaad: Speak, Read, Write Navajo [Paperback]

IRvy W. Goossen
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May 13 2008 0964418916 978-0964418912
Designed for both the beginning learner and the more advanced language student, Dine Bizaad is the ideal tool for improving Navajo speaking, reading, and writing skills. Each chapter starts with practice dialogues and concludes with written exercises. Navajo-English and English-Navajo glossaries are available in the back of the textbook. Perfect for teaching yourself Navajo!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Goossen's text & tape are welcome supplamental materials to a 2-yr study of Navajo. He provides sound examples on "how Navajo is spoken", vitally important in Navajo. He provides many good examples on how nouns, and verbs, and positional markers are used. I spent 2 years @ 65 hours a week training in Navajo to gain a 'basic' ability to speak to weavers. Gossen's work served as a useful platform in our student search for additional reference material. Both tape & text must be used in conjunction with a grounded study of Navajo - which means "lots of spoken training". Gossen provides good reference material on Navajo dialogue/conversation. Best used in sessions with native speakers. Would recommend it to students who are studying Navajo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best There is June 5 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
The Navajo Language is a fairly difficult language to learn, and there are few books out there that can teach you the Language. In general, cultural practices of the Navajo are seldomly documented and packaged for sale--it's a cultural thing. But this book is the most extensive book out there. Unlike what a previous reviwer claimed, THERE ARE english translations for the Navajo words in the book, including a glossary in the back. YOU WILL NEED THE TAPES to accompany this book!! You just can't read the book and learn the language---the tapes are required. Navajo is a very "throaty" language and it takes a lot of prctice to learn it. Furthermore, I would suggest buying the Navajo-English Dictionary after you have mastered the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What on earth do you expect? Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I seriously wonder what the other review-writers imagine language-learning is like; do you actually figure you can simply buy a tape, listen to it a couple of times and then start talking like a living dictionary? No, this book deserves better. Of course you need both the book and the tapes! I'm not done with my studies yet, but so far the book seems well-structured and if you actually want to learn this language (which means "work"), buy this book and get started!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Useful - To accompany Class Training June 6 2002
By Anthro Chiq - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Goossen's text & tape are welcome supplamental materials to a 2-yr study of Navajo. He provides sound examples on "how Navajo is spoken", vitally important in Navajo. He provides many good examples on how nouns, and verbs, and positional markers are used. I spent 2 years @ 65 hours a week training in Navajo to gain a 'basic' ability to speak to weavers. Gossen's work served as a useful platform in our student search for additional reference material. Both tape & text must be used in conjunction with a grounded study of Navajo - which means "lots of spoken training". Gossen provides good reference material on Navajo dialogue/conversation. Best used in sessions with native speakers. Would recommend it to students who are studying Navajo.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best There is June 5 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
The Navajo Language is a fairly difficult language to learn, and there are few books out there that can teach you the Language. In general, cultural practices of the Navajo are seldomly documented and packaged for sale--it's a cultural thing. But this book is the most extensive book out there. Unlike what a previous reviwer claimed, THERE ARE english translations for the Navajo words in the book, including a glossary in the back. YOU WILL NEED THE TAPES to accompany this book!! You just can't read the book and learn the language---the tapes are required. Navajo is a very "throaty" language and it takes a lot of prctice to learn it. Furthermore, I would suggest buying the Navajo-English Dictionary after you have mastered the book.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent! Dec 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I cannot praise this book too highly. For years I have been searching for a good Dine (Navajo) course and this is by far the best one I have seen. It is clear, concise and user-friendly while also being thorough and grammatically accurate. The lessons are structured around useful, every-day language in the form of dialogues, stories, grammmatical explanations and exercises. The book includes an appendix of Dine verb structure and a two-way vocabulary, Dine/English and English/Dine. I haven't got the tapes yet, but the book is wonderful and definitely a valuable acquisition for anyone interested in learning to speak the Dine language.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What on earth do you expect? Nov. 3 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I seriously wonder what the other review-writers imagine language-learning is like; do you actually figure you can simply buy a tape, listen to it a couple of times and then start talking like a living dictionary? No, this book deserves better. Of course you need both the book and the tapes! I'm not done with my studies yet, but so far the book seems well-structured and if you actually want to learn this language (which means "work"), buy this book and get started!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars non professional Nov. 7 2005
By Raoul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is difficult to use without a teacher. A translation of the dialogues would have been welcome since many words are not included in the glossary! The verb is another nightmare because the inflexions are prefixed unlike english (suffixed). If you look for the translation of 'worked' (suppose you learn english), you will look in the dictionary for 'work'. But if you look for the translation of 'naalnish' you will have to search thru every inflected forms of every verbs in Appendix A! If the stems of the verbs (in this example '-nish') had been included in the dictionary , it would have made the task easier. Completing the 30 lessons is a steep and thorny road.

In spite of these defects, this book is better than BREAKTHROUGH

NAVAJO and its sequel INTERMEDIATE NAVAJO.
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